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Coral Springs Inhabitant Gets Victimized with Scam E-Mail

Rabbi Mendy Engel, who lives in Coral Springs (Broward County, Florida, USA), recently became a victim of an e-mail fraud, published SunSentinel.com dated September 8, 2011.

According to Engel, hackers wiped out all the 400 e-mail ids on his account, post bombarding an electronic mail supposedly from him, requesting to wire money to his name, in Scotland so he could pay for the ticket for returning home.

However, with his typical September 7, 2011 (Wednesday) night of "Live & Learn" Torah training along with office address, the e-mail appeared sufficiently credible.

But there was a major mistake -the scammer mentioned B"H downwards of the e-mail. When sacred Jews pen letters or craft e-mails, they add B"H, which implies "Blessed be God" in Hebrew, to the upper margin of the correspondences.

Meanwhile, according to police officials, it's hard for prosecuting the expanding fraud involving e-mail as the perpetrators mostly operate from foreign lands.

Further, Veda Coleman-Wright, Spokeswoman of the Office of Broward Sheriff stated that as per rule, people mustn't send money. They required applying common sense such as ringing up the person they thought was in need of the cash so as to be sure. SunSentinel.com reported this.

Unfortunately, the e-mail scam that hit Engel is called the 'stranded traveler's scam' and he's not alone to be struck with this kind of fraud, state security researchers. According to them, the stranded traveler's scam represents the 'advance fee fraud' as a popular version of the former and it preys on numerous people. Their remark gets the backing of reports about Patricia Boyd belonging to Petaluma (Sonoma County, California) who was as well victimized with an identical kind of scam electronic mail.

That message asserted that being stuck in Spain and not capable of clearing her hotel invoices, Patricia urgently needed money from friends.

Meanwhile, Patricia complained that her address book was totally erased along with her outgoing e-mail and she was answering telephone calls from anxious colleagues/friends telling them that there wasn't any problem. Petaluma360.com reported this on September 7, 2011.

Conclusively, security specialists advise e-mail recipients to exercise caution when handling the above kinds of e-mails.

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